While sitting in the waiting room for my brother's MRI down at MDACC, I happened to look next to me at the book shelf. The first book jumped right out at me. Titled The Alchemist, it is ironically "a fable about following your dreams". I had never heard of it or the author but I took it home and gave it a go. How could I turn down a book about omens when I basically find it as an omen? It's a simple, yet not simplistic, beautiful story. I'm not even sure how to explain it other than to say:
READ THIS BOOK
In retrospect, it's an enormously popular book that flew off the book shelves in the 80s and 90s. I can see why. I wonder if I had read this book earlier in my life, would I have made a career change earlier. It's one of those books that if read with an open heart and mind, can influence you on how you view the journey through life.